The Runway Recycled: Anna Sui’s Unexpected Mixes!

Another great fall collection that are we smitten with is Anna Sui. She always turns out fabulous prints in fun and exciting hues and patterns, but this season we love the way she mixed unexpected colors and textures. We’ve covered mixing prints before, but now we’ll show you how to throw some heavier textures into the mix for fall!

Here’s the looks we were inspired by from the designer’s fall show:

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Fur Trim Cardigan- WR sz M $28

Blouse- Volcom sz XS $12

Skirt- Anthropologie sz 4 $ 48

Belt- Ellen Tracy sz S $12

Wooden Bead Necklace- $16

Lac up Bootie- Steve Madden sz 9 $68

Mix red and pink together for an unexpected ensemble. We chose a fun fur trimmed candy apple red cardigan and paired it with a raspberry tweed skirt. We added a sheer printed blouse to balance out the two bright pieces. The print works with them because it has a bit of red in it, as well as some gray which acts as a neutral!

Long Cardigan- Soft Surroundings sz S/M $28

Mesh Printed Top- Karen Kane sz S $12

Skirt- Sevier Skirts sz 8 $100

Belt- Bebe sz S $16

Necklace- Express $24

Suede Booties- J Jill sz 7 $68

Mix textures and patterns with pieces that are all from the same or similar color families for an interesting and eye catching ensemble! We paired a mesh top with a metallic printed skirt and comfy cardigan. Add the suede booties and we’ll be surprised if someone doesn’t think you walked right off of the runway 😉

Tweed Jacket- Joan Collins sz 8 $20

Sheer Printed Blouse- Quintessential sz S $28

Striped Skirt- Free People sz 4/6 $32

Silver Necklace- $10

Gold Necklace- Fleur De Lis $24

Oversized Chunky Scarf- Twinkle by Wenlan $68

Booties- BCBGirl sz 9.5 $12

Pair a striped skirt with a floral blouse and a textured jacket for an easy, chic look. Want to channel Anna Sui’s show even more? Just add some bright coral tights to the mix!

Now get to mixing and matching!

 Not quite sure how to make a piece work? Bring it in and we’ll help you put something together Anna Sui-style!


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Halloween: Chic Recycled Costume Ideas!

Is everyone else as excited for Halloween as we are? If you’re still on the hunt for your costume, you’re in luck- we’ve already done all the hard work for you! Check out these fun and fashionable Halloween ensembles that will be the hit of the party (or the neighbors if you’re taking a little one Trick or Treating 🙂 )


Carmen Sandiego

Trench- Lafayette 148 sz m $48

Black Sweater Dress (Underneath)- Cabi sz S $40

Brown Boots- Pappagal sz 6.5 $24

Transform into the elusive thief Carmen Sandiego with a simple red trench coat and boots. Add the hat for some mystery, and you’re off! Now where in the world will you go?!

Penny Lane

Fuzzy Coat- Lucent sz S/M $80

Cropped Tie Blouse- Boho Chic sz S $28

Flare Jeans- Seven for all Mankind sz 26 $80

Clogs- Colin Stuart sz 7.5

Channel your inner free-spirited music lover by dressing up as Penny Lane from Almost Famous. All you need is a crop top, bellbottoms, and a great fluffy collared coat like this one by Lucent! Add some tinted glasses and you’re ready to hop on that tour bus.


Black Dress- MSK sz S $20

White Scarf- Jones NY $5

Chain Belt- Anne Klein $28

Bib Necklace- $176

Heels- Beverly Feldman sz 8 $48

If you want to go the more classic route, Cleopatra is an oldie but goodie! We wrapped a pashmina style scarf around a simple black maxi dress for a chicer look than draping yourself in an old white bed sheet. And the necklace? This is one you definitely need to see in person – fabulously fit for an Egyptian princess!

Willy Wonka

Velvet Blazer- D &C0 sz S/M $28

Blouse- Perse sz 8 $68

Bubble Skirt- San & Soni Co sz XS $51

Bowler Hat- Bollman sz M $36

Velvet Wedges- Dolce & Gabbana sz 9.5 $120

This is our take on a “chic” Willy Wonka. We ditched the dowdy khacki’s for a quirky little bubble skirt and D&G wedges. Don’t forget your everlasting gobstoppers and golden tickets! *Oompa Loompas not included.

Have some other great costume ideas? Come by the store and we’ll help you put it together!


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Is it Lust or Love?

Just humor us for a few minutes and take in all the Wonderful Fabulousness of these gorgeous designer pieces we are lusting over for Fall.

What more could you ask for in a bootie??


Sam Edelman: $120.00 (size 6.5)

Okay, so you like riding boots? Please hold your applause until after the show….


Frye: $240 (size 8.5)

Oh tote! I shall carry thee around every day and every night!


Paolo Masi: $240.00

It’s love!……No, lust!..Love?…….Lust??


Marnie: $200

I promise if you buy this for me I’ll wear it everyday!  With dresses or tee shirts….I’ll wear it to the swimming pool even!


Handcrafted: $176.00

You are my Abalone with Sterling Silver;

you make me happy when I am sad.

You’ll never know dear how much I love you. 

Please don’t take my Abalone away…..


Michael Dawkins: $400.00

Tell me you wouldn’t live in this skirt during the Fall and Winter.


Marc Jacobs: $640.00 (size 2)

Wrap your polka dots around me Coat, and keep me warm this Winter!


Manoush: $300.00 (size 8)

Yes, we have more items here; but you’ll have to come in to see them in all their grandeur!


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How to Bring your Brights into Fall!

Fall Fashion doesn’t mean tossing all those fabulous colored pieces in a storage bin and donning the average black sweater and scarf combo.  Here are a few ways to bring those wonderful brights into your fall wardrobe.


Try mixing a bright graphic print with another bold and neutral printed piece.

H & M Blazer: $15, Kenneth Cole Turtleneck: $15, Milly Dress: $60,

Neckalce: $20, Byblos Belt: $36, Sacha London Shoes: $48


Did you hear?  Cobalt blue is the new black!  Match this wonderful bright color with your favorite neutral jacket.

Express Blouse: $12, Rachel Zoe Jacket: $240, NY & Co pants: $24,

Necklace: $32, Guisseppe Zanotti Shoes: $68


Just go for it!  If you want to do winter white why not wear it with a colorful graphic print top and a chunky necklace.

Ellen Tracy pants: $16, Nic % Zoe Top: $24, Benerly Fedlman Shoes: $68,

Necklace: $32, Avadolf Belt: $40

Make your coat part of the statement by mixing a bright trench with various patterns, prints, textures, and colors.  Don’t be scared to even pair it with purple suede booties!

Karen Kane Blouse: $12, Vintage Skirt: $12, Lafayette 148 Coat: $48,

Necklace: $16, Jeffrey Campbell Shoes: $120

Ciao Bellas!


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October? ROCKtober!!

Nashville is buzzing with fun fall activities like free concerts and pumpkin festivals. We’ve created a few great fall looks to be worn indoors and outdoors for those spooky corn mazes and free music.



Free People (jeans): $80, Kenji (sweater): $20, Aldo (shoes): $24, Necklace: $32

Thinking of attending the first Music City Roots even tonight?  Try some printed denim and an oversize sweater.



Skirt: $16, Michael Stars (top): $24, Zac Posen (jacket): $160.00,

Cole Haan (clogs): $48, Scarf : $20

Or pull out your peasant maxi skirt and a leather jacket to wear to the last Live on the Green event this season. 



J Brand (jeans): $80, Johnny Was (tunic): $168, Breckelle’s (boots): $10,

Necklace: $16, Scarf: $16

Try out your new colored skinny jeans with a tunic at the Halloween Hootenanny at the Municipal Auditorium for a gruesome time. 



Free People (dress): $48, BDG (jacket): $24, Steve Madden (booties): $68, Necklace: $36

Thinking of the festive Harvest Moon Ball this year?  Mix a velvet floral dress with a trendy oxblood leather jacket for a casual chic look.



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Silk Scarves: A Year Round Accessory

Yesterday we were reading the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar and came across a great piece about wearing silk scarves year round. We already love accessorizing with scarves – they’re great tied to a handbag, worn knotted around the neck in the summer, or in the hair as a headband or turban, so we were thrilled to read that we can bring them into fall and winter too! Below is the image from Harper’s Bazaar, and some cold weather silk scarf looks that we put together:


Harper’s Bazaar September 2012

Coat- New York & Co. sz 18 $48

Graphic Scarf- Worth $7

Pair a bright coat with a graphic scarf for fun cold weather look. We draped the scarf around the neck and pulled one end to the front for an easy-going yet chic way to show off the print.

Cream Coat- Tulle sz M/L $40

Paisley Scarf- Talbots $12

For a more classic look, we paired a beige and maroon toned scarf with a cream wool coat. Add some tights and brown riding boots, and you could step right out of a Ralph Lauren ad 🙂

Faux Fur Leopard Coat- Moda sz XS $60

Striped Scarf- Vera $7

If you’re like us, you can’t wait to break out your faux leopard coat for fall (Don’t have one, you say?! We have a few… 😉 ). Pair it with a bright striped scarf that pops against the neutrals of the animal print for an eye catching and funky look.

How will you wear your silk scarves into fall?